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  • By Jenna Frye on May 8, 2014

    It has been a while since I have found a book that I wanted to read slowly so that I could soak in every detail in hopes that the last page seems to never come.When reading the synopsis of this novel, I never imagined that I would feel so connected to a book where one of the main characters is blind and the other a brilliant young German orphan who was chosen to attend a brutal military academy under Hitler's power using his innate engineering skills.This novel was so much more than the above states. The idiosyncrasies of each individual character are so well defined and expressed in such ways that come across the page almost lyrically. I was invited into the pages and could not only imagine the atmosphere, but all of my senses were collectively enticed from the very first page until the last.I was so amazed with the way that the author was able to heighten all my senses in a way that I felt like I knew what it was like to be blind. In most well-written books you get of a sense of what the characters look like and follow them throughout the book almost as if you are on a voyage, but with this novel, I could imagine what it was like to be in Marie-Laure's shoes. The descriptives were so beautifully intricate that I could imagine the atmosphere through touch and sound. It was amazing, really.There were so many different aspects of the book that are lived out in separate moments and in different countries that find a way to unite in the end. What impressed me most was that I could have never predicted the outcome. It was as though all cliches were off the table and real life was set in motion. Life outside of books can be very messy and the author stayed true to life but in a magical and symbolic way.I have said in other reviews that just when I think that I have read my last book centered around the Second World War, another seems to pop up. I should emphasize that this book created an image of war in a way that I have never imagined before. I truly got a sense of what it must have been like for children who lived a happy life and then suddenly were on curfew and barely had food to eat. It also showed the side of young children who are basically brainwashed by Nazi leaders and made into animals who seem to make choices that they normally wouldn't in order to survive. And by survive, I mean dodging severe abuse by their own colleagues.This book may haunt me for some time. I can't express enough how beautifully written the pages are. I highly recommend this read as it is my favorite so far for 2014.

  • By Alexandra Grabbe on December 18, 2014

    I have only read half of this book but I hasten to post this review because so many people have embraced it with raves. Doerr is a real master of beautiful prose but many of his details are off. When I notice details that I know don't work from personal experience, I feel I cannot trust an author on details that I don't know. For instance, in France, in 1940, peaches preserved at home would have been kept in glass jars, not cans. There was no air-conditioning in Paris in 1969, so I doubt it existed in St. Malo in 1940. The manuscript is studded with mistakes like this that somehow slipped past the editor. My angst increased when Doerr has his heroine and her father walk to Gare Saint-Lazare in May 1940. We are talking several arrondissements away, across the Seine, through a maze of streets that are not easy to navigate even today. After waiting hours for a train that doesn’t come, the pair sets off at dawn, on foot, destination Evreux. They finally sleep in a hayfield outside Versailles. Forget about crossing the Seine – the main bridge was being rebuilt in 1940 – and climbing the hill of St. Cloud. I want to believe. I really do. But this simply is not plausible. Doerr’s claim that bombs were falling behind them, presumably on Paris, made me start hyperventilating. The French government fled to Bordeaux on June 13, 1940. Paris was not bombed, ever. So, that is my first issue: erroneous details. My second is the storyline which keeps jumping around. I felt confused by this technique and would have preferred to read in sequence. I found myself losing interest in the second thread, the one about the boy in Germany, and only reading every other chapter, about the blind girl. Then we have the introduction of a fabulous diamond that is smuggled out of Jardin des Plantes, and for me the story exited historical fiction and entered fantasy.

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